ERIC Number: ED358923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
The Community Partnership: Child Care and Early Education. Task Force Report and Recommendations.
Allen, David; Mix, Janet
In 1989, the Community Partnership: Child Care and Early Education was formed to examine policies and make recommendations with respect to early childhood care and education (ECCE) in Ramsey County, Minnesota. The Partnership established a Task Force to develop a long-term vision for ECCE consistent with community values and to create a blueprint for action regarding the services needed by children, parents, communities of color, and employers. Task Force recommendations included the following: (1) increasing community awareness of the importance of ECCE; (2) providing children with "seamless" service by providing resources for new programs; (3) supporting parents by addressing needs for workplace flexibility and improving consultation and referral services; (4) improving service to communities of color by establishing neighborhood-based advocates of ECCE, increasing the sensitivity of providers and agencies, and addressing housing and transportation issues; (5) increasing employer involvement in ECCE; (6) improving the quality of services by providing training and development opportunities for providers and supporting accreditation and certification programs; (7) resolving financial difficulties by increasing assistance to parents; and (8) establishing an effective collaborative structure to implement recommendations. The Community Partnership's accomplishments over the 2-year planning and development period were in the areas of service development, changes in service delivery, committee development, collaborative grant proposals and fundraising, events and activities, and increased information dissemination and exchange. This four-part report includes a rationale for ECCE, the Task Force's draft action plan, detailed recommendations comprising the bulk of the report, and an overview of accomplishments. An appendix provides child care statistics for Ramsey County. (AC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Resources for Child Caring, Inc., St. Paul, MN.
Identifiers - Location: Minnesota